Blackpoll and Bay-breasted Warblers can be difficult to tell apart in fall plumage. The opportunity to have the birds in hand, with a good view of different field marks, can assist you in identifying more BBWAs and BLPWs in the field.
|BBWA left BLPW right|
|BBWA left and BLPW right|
|Note darker and heavier streaking on the back of the BLPW|
|BBWA feet and legs are a gray color when compared to BLPW below|
|BLPW have browner legs with yellow on the pads of the feet, which can often be seen in the field.|
It is easy to tell males from females on Nuthatches by their head color. Females have a pewter gray head and males have a solid black cap.
|WBNU female: Note the gray cap, and the specialized bill shape for extracting insects from under tree bark|
|WBNU male with black cap|
Get outside and enjoy the diversity of fall migration. Public banding demonstration is this Saturday at BSBO from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.